The Phenomenon of Hailstorm and The Plastic Waste Management

21 March 2022

The phenomenon of hailstorm appeared again in Surabaya on Tuesday, February 21, 2022. Ady Hermanto, as the coordinator of BMKG forecasting Tanjung Perak on mentioned the phenomenon of hailstorm in Surabaya occurred for the first time after 4 years ago in 2019. The phenomenon of hailstorm is not predictable when will come up and how long it will last. But Ady Hermanto gave an explanation that the hailstorm is always occurring locally. This means if the phenomenon of hailstorm occurs in West, then North and East Surabaya is not happening. Confirmation from, hailstorm in Surabaya occurred in 26 districk. The spread between West and South Surabaya. The hailstorm in Surabaya happened about 30 minutes with strong winds that resulted in several trees falling and damaging some roof building tiles. ”

One of the causes of hailstorm is related to the global warming issues. Head of DIY BMKG Station Reny Kraningtyas through also gave confirmation. Reny explained that hailstorm is indirectly the impact of global warming. Triggered by the greenhouse effect that causes urban heat islands. The urban heat island phenomenon makes extreme temperature fluctuations and trigger occurred the hailstorm frequently. The greenhouse effect occurs due to the release of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and damaging the Earth's ozone layer. Greenhouse gases are most widely produced by the decay of mismanagement plastic waste. Often times, plastic waste that has been collected in landfills will end up being burned and causing the release of methane as the main contributor gas to global warming issues.

Proper plastic waste management is a decent solution. Managing plastic waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires stakeholders and businesses to create solutions together. Recycling manufacturers can process plastic bottle waste into plastic granules form. It's certainly a positive step to substitute virgin plastic and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will occur in the manufacturing process. In addition, the whole community can be involved by starting to implement a zero-waste strategy. This is includes the commitment to not use single-use plastic products.